I love the delicate pale lilac flowers and maroon-purple leaves.
If you ask the seller in Malaysia, they'll tell you that it is called the "Butterfly Plant".
Synonym: Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea'
Category: Perennial herbaceous plant
Origin: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay
It should be grown in partial sun on free-draining soil. Propagation is by division of plants and bulbs. The plant may go through a dormant period. You can unearth the bulbs, cut the side-bulbs and replant them.
|"Sleeping leaves" at 8:30pm (Picture updated on 8 May 2012)|
The formation of the leaflets look like 3 butterflies facing each other. I used to be confused with another Red Butterfly Wing plant, Christia vespertilionis which has has quite similar leaf colour and patterns. However, the leaves are arranged in pairs and the flowers are very different.
2. Oxalis triangularis in the book "Tropical Horticulture and Gardening".
Note: Updated on 7th May 2012
I have already updated the post with the correct name of Purple Shamrock. My grateful thanks to Mr Subjunctive of Plants are the strangest People blog for the useful link and clarifications.
This is my entry for
1. Fertilizer Friday hosted by Glenda at Tootsie Time, link here.
2. Todays' Flowers TF#203, link here.